Revitalize Your Job Search During a Slow EconomyBy Connie Hauer
During a sluggish economy, the job-search process may take longer. One way to enhance your success is to utilize your network and get creative! Networking is the number one way to find a job, so here are some suggestions which may help jumpstart your search:
Joining a professional association connects you with other professionals in your chosen field and shows that you place value in keeping current on industry trends. Many professional associations also utilize listservs which post job openings.
Consider joining a community organization; for example, the Jaycees. Joining an organization leads to more connections, increases your leadership skills, and distinguishes you as a serious professional.
Volunteer in a career-related industry
Maybe you’re a human relations professional. Volunteer to help out at a women’s shelter. Maybe your degree is in accounting. Volunteer to prepare tax returns. Maybe you’re a marketing professional. Volunteer to help out with a public relations project for a community fund-raising event. Volunteering can be a strategic move on your part. You never know when an opening will occur, and if someone you’ve volunteered with/for has witnessed your skills and dedication, you may be contacted. People like to hire people they know.
Social Networking Sites
Facebook and Twitter are sites which provide opportunities for job seekers to network, announce their job search, or search for job. Additionally, LinkedIn is a site geared toward career professionals which provides many benefits for job seekers. Members can search for job postings, join groups and learn from other professionals, respond to questions (which increases their exposure and credibility), and research companies (including current and past employees). Further, recruiters scour LinkedIn to find candidates for unannounced positions.
It’s time to revitalize your job search! Tap into your network and uncover the hidden job market through networking!